Blogger mock: Rhodes to Colts


The Indianapolis Colts could help themselves at selecting a pass-rushing outside linebacker, cornerback, receiver or on the offensive line in the draft.

But with the top two receivers off the board in ESPN.com's #bloggermock draft, I think it’s too early for the first guy of the second group. Though if the Colts love a wideout, there is one risk: Houston needs a receiver three spots later and if the Colts pass on the one they are enamored with, they could wind up covering him twice a year.

Defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA has been a frequent mention for Indianapolis in this spot, and he’s a possibility.

For me, though, the way our draft has unfolded, it seems like Xavier Rhodes is a perfect fit. Vontae Davis can be a lead cornerback, but Greg Toler and Darius Butler will be better if they are competing for nickel and dime and depth.

Reviews of Rhodes sound a bit like what I imagine Chuck Pagano would write up if he was describing the kind of corner he wants on the Colts: “Exceptional height-weight-speed press corner with a unique blend of length, speed and physicality,” says Pro Football Weekly’s draft guide.

Sounds like he’ll be able to line up across form Andre Johnson and other big receivers the Colts will try to contain.

1. KC: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. JAC: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

3. MIA: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (Trade)

4. PHI: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

5. DET: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

6. CLE: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

7. ARI: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

8. BUF: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

9. NYJ: Barkevious Mingo, OLB-DE, LSU

10. TEN: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

11. SD: Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC

12. OAK: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (Trade)

13. NYJ: Tavon Austin, WR, WVU

14. CAR: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

15. NO: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

16. STL: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

17. PIT: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

18. DAL: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

19. NYG: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

20. CHI: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia

21. CIN: John Cyprien, S, FIU

22. STL: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

23. MIN: Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC

24. IND: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Follow our draft as it continues to unfold, right here.